The Subject

The Subject

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Hidden away in his workshop, an animator leans over what appears to be a human body and begins to perform an autopsy. Who is this lifeless being stretched out before him? As he dissects the plasteline figure, the spirit of scientific inquiry gives way to the madness of artistic inspiration, and the animator’s tools go to work. Slicing into the skin, separating the tissues, probing the entrails, the artist lets loose his creative imagination as entire worlds take shape before his eyes, sweeping him into the enormity of the inner spaces to be explored. What will he find there? What does an animator stand to discover through an autopsy of a body he himself created? In this story-within-a-story about the art of creation, director Patrick Bouchard pays homage to the animator’s vocation—namely, breathing life into the inanimate. The Subject takes us to the conceptual limits of animation, examining the connections between life and death, body and psyche, individual and community, real and imaginary, as it delves into the invisible worlds within.

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Credits
  • writer
    Patrick Bouchard
  • animator
    Patrick Bouchard
  • director
    Patrick Bouchard
  • producer
    Julie Roy
  • sets
    Dany Boivin
  • animation
    Pierre M. Trudeau
  • sound design
    Olivier Calvert
  • original music
    Patrick Bouchard
  • on-camera performer
    Patrick Bouchard
  • foley
    Lise Wedlock
  • sound recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • technical direction
    Pierre Plouffe

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